2013 Winter TCA Tour Hosts USA Network’s “Graceland”

January 7, 2013 • Category: General News, Graceland, Public Appearances, Television News 0


Kicking off promo early, “Graceland” had its first hard-hitting press coverage at this year’s Winter TCA Tour. Members from the Television Critics Association sat down with the cast of “Graceland” – including Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Ferlito, Serinda Swan, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Manny Montana – along with creator Jeff Eastin to talk about the upcoming USA Network series, which is said to debut in June. Pictures from the event have been added to the gallery, plus check out a summarized report from the panel below (detailing what to expect with the new show):

“Graceland,” an idea Eastin brought to USA, revolves around a group of diverse law-enforcement agents from the DEA, FBI and Customs whose worlds collide when they’re forced to live together in an undercover beach house in Southern California.

“Graceland” has a noticeably darker tinge to it (a concerted effort by the No. 1 cable network), and as Eastin told reporters Monday morning at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, the tone featured in the pilot and trailer will be “pretty much what you see” on the show.

“It is a dark show, but I consider it a reality-based show whereas ‘White Collar’ creates its own reality,” said Eastin, who called “Graceland” one of “the best scripts I’d written.” “There is a lot of darkness when it comes to being undercover.”

Eastin, whose “White Collar” was previously renewed for a fifth season, was candid about the pressure that follows being a creator of a successful drama. “Definitely there’s pressure. The one thing I learned from ‘White Collar’ was to cast it right,” he said. “Once you get a cast right, to try to maintain the world you’ve created in the pilot.

Though much of the core cast, led by Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Ferlito, is introduced in the pilot, there is one addition that comes in episode two. “[Serinda Swan] fits in very nicely,” Eastin said. “It was largely a matter of availablity. [At one point] we were worried we were going to lose Aaron to Les Misérables.” (Tveit shared that he landed the “Graceland” and Les Miz roles within two days of each other last year.)

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